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- Today, 11:31 AMKen Krause replied to a thread Infographic: the cost (and value) of athletic participation in Ken's Softball TipsI make no claim to the quality of their work. ;) I have enough to keep me busy looking for my own typos. For me, the cost part wasn't as relevant...4 replies | 0 view(s)
- Today, 11:24 AMYes it is fun. I love seeing one of my students gun down a runner where it isn't even close. But look at it this way - would you rather find a great...19 replies | 0 view(s)
- Yesterday, 07:00 PMKen Krause started a thread Infographic: the cost (and value) of athletic participation in Ken's Softball TipsOhio University has come out with a new infographic that looks at the cost as well as the ROI of playing high school sports, including fastpitch...4 replies | 0 view(s)
- Yesterday, 05:10 PMBetter to have fewer players trying to steal. Remember that with every steal there is a chance something could go wrong and the runner could take an...19 replies | 0 view(s)
- Yesterday, 03:01 PM^^^^^^This right here. She shouldn't be comparing herself to others on her team. She should be actively working to make herself the best she can be....26 replies | 0 view(s)
- Yesterday, 09:49 AMA drop ball is considered a "safe" pitch by many coaches. If it doesn't drop it's still a low strike. As opposed to a rise that doesn't rise and sits...23 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-21-2017, 09:51 AMBob, if your daughter has a pitching coach DFP is a great resource to make sure he/she is teaching the right things. If you think that's the case,...4 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-20-2017, 07:00 PMOne of the most common questions I get from the parents of fastpitch softball pitchers is “How many pitches should my daughter throw per day?”...4 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-20-2017, 04:21 PMI've heard that about her as well. She is very up-front about what she used to teach versus what she teaches now, and why. Too bad there aren't more...19 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-20-2017, 09:46 AMI took a look at the video and didn't much care for what I saw there. A lot of old school emphasis on a forced wrist snap. The "tee drill" had the...19 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-18-2017, 05:30 PMI agree with others who said it's a blessing in disguise. Providing, of course, there are other options you can get to. Have your daughter...18 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-18-2017, 05:17 PMThis is one of the many problems with time limits in a sport that wasn't designed for them. Unfortunately they're a reality.24 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-13-2017, 09:40 PMFunny how things turn. One of my catching students would play outfield on her HS team when she wasn't catching. At first she didn't much care for it....66 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-13-2017, 09:34 PMHE is Hello Elbow, and IR is Internal Rotation. Two types of pitching instruction. You might want to check out some of the "stickies" at the top of...24 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-13-2017, 02:47 PMThe ones that drive me crazy when I'm watching a game are the girls who set up two or three feet in front of the bag and then plan to run back....34 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-13-2017, 02:34 PMActually, as administrator I can say they all have their moments. :D11 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-12-2017, 04:54 PMI also believe it's mostly a matter of teaching what they were taught. Those are the steps and the terms they know. They think it worked for them, so...24 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-12-2017, 12:09 PMVery true! Like the old joke about escaping from a bear. I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.25 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-11-2017, 04:49 PMUnless you have a team full of turtles, of course!25 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-10-2017, 09:53 PMKen Krause replied to a thread No need to sacrifice speed for accuracy in fastpitch pitching in Ken's Softball TipsYes. Mechanics are the driver of both speed and accuracy. If you have great or even very good mechanics, you can bring maximum energy to it and you...5 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-10-2017, 03:00 PM    Right now we’re in the midst of the fall fastpitch softball season – aka “fall ball.” Whether you’re a 10U player getting her first taste of...0 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-10-2017, 01:00 PM    Right now we’re in the midst of the fall fastpitch softball season – aka “fall ball.” Whether you’re a 10U player getting her first taste of...1 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-08-2017, 02:56 PMKen Krause replied to a thread No need to sacrifice speed for accuracy in fastpitch pitching in Ken's Softball TipsActually, Top Notch, it's mechanics first IMHO. Speed without mechanics is a disaster waiting to happen - probably further down a pitcher's career. ...5 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-07-2017, 11:23 AMI would say yes, Wednesday is pretty late to be getting the information. People often have to travel, and some will be making a decision as to...10 replies | 3561 view(s)
- 09-06-2017, 05:52 PMKen Krause replied to a thread Preparing for the “Hello Elbow” vs. IR Discussions in Softball PitchingI've done some brief clinics for an entire program. A couple of one hour sessions for two groups across three weeks. What I found was the type of...11 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-06-2017, 05:38 PMOne of the best markers is what they teach at the 12:00 position. If they teach to turn the ball toward second base you know there's no IR there,...14 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-06-2017, 05:34 PMMaybe they can change it to water polo tournament instead. Seriously, glad to hear you're ok and have no damage. Hopefully everyone continues to...33 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-03-2017, 07:00 PMKen Krause started a thread No need to sacrifice speed for accuracy in fastpitch pitching in Ken's Softball TipsOne of the most widespread, ongoing debates in fastpitch pitching is: which comes first – speed or accuracy? In other words, should pitchers focus on...5 replies | 0 view(s)
- 09-01-2017, 01:16 PMKen Krause replied to a thread Game Day USA Junior All-American Games? Know anything about this? in Softball DiscussionsI was tempted, but think I will have to pass on it. :-)12 replies | 0 view(s)
- 08-31-2017, 04:41 PMKen Krause replied to a thread Game Day USA Junior All-American Games? Know anything about this? in Softball DiscussionsThis is hilarious. I just got invited to participate as a player. Clearly they need to check their mailing lists a little more closely.12 replies | 0 view(s)
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